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Walking from the Business Journal’s office on Platte Avenue to meet my geezer homies for coffee last week, I thought about Jane Jacobs. The author of “The Death and Life of Great American Cities,” Jacobs was the first urbanist, as we’ve come to understand the term. Written during 1961, the book is a devastating critique… Continue Reading Zoning plan looking back to ensure the future of downtown

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Imagine a “Great Race” which takes 25 years, goes to Pueblo and back, costs the participants $17 million, and at the finish rewards the winners with 3,000 pages of, at least to a layperson, incomprehensible bureaucratese. That, said Colorado Springs Utilities spokeswoman Janet Rummel, is “an apt metaphor” for the long ordeal surrounding the preparation,… Continue Reading Projects like SDS rise and fall on environmental impact studies

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Angelou Economics’ market assessment of the Pikes Peak region says that Colorado Springs is a beautiful place to live, but it paints a less than pretty picture overall. The region scores high on many “quality of life” issues such as natural beauty, recreational opportunities and climate. The study also gives the region high marks for… Continue Reading Angelou Economics study: great views but future looks bleak

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Economics: the dismal science. Making fun of economists: a respected journalistic subcategory. Pretending to understand economics: our incurable national delusion. And one of the most persistent of our national delusions, one which affects businessmen, politicians, the employed and the unemployed alike, is that of autarky. True believers know how to cure whatever economic ills may… Continue Reading Time to let the air out of the feel-good ‘buy local’ bubble

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Unemployment, both nationally and regionally, has reached a 25 year high, as companies shed workers to adjust to the faltering economy. Here in the Pikes Peak region, it’s hard to find businesses that are adding workers, anticipating higher sales, and looking forward to a profitable summer – unless you drive up to Cripple Creek. Thanks… Continue Reading Putting everything on the tables

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Being a croupier (i.e., one who manages a craps table game) isn’t as easy as it might seem. Which is why a class of aspiring croupiers, who hope to land a job when Cripple Creek casinos introduce table games this summer, were busy learning their trade this week. “Running a roulette wheel isn’t as difficult… Continue Reading Job seekers hope they won’t roll craps during croupier training

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Deal — or no deal? USOC — or USnoC? City Council made a deal to keep Their Olympian Majesties in Colorado Springs — and now they have to do some quick repair work to keep everything from falling apart. Unpleasant Reality No. 1: The U.S. Olympic Committee’s first priority is not a new office building… Continue Reading My humble suggestions for how council can salvage USOC deal

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The lawsuit LandCo filed against the U.S. Olympic Committee and the City of Colorado Springs was conceived well before any of the deadlines in the original agreement among the three partners had passed. “(LandCo lawyer) Steve Long has been working on this for six months,” said Russ Rizzo of Linhart P.R., a Denver-based firm which represents… Continue Reading LandCo lawsuit planned before deadlines passed?

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All this “Dream City” stuff that The Gazette is pushing seems to be affecting my sleep. The other night I had a dream that was so vivid, that seemed to ring so true, that I wrote it down as soon as I awoke. Apologies to Samuel Coleridge, but journalists don’t dream of “Xanadu, where Kubla… Continue Reading What a wonderful world it would be if R.C. were still around

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The El Paso County District Attorney’s office is investigating certain transactions allegedly made by Ray Marshall and/or entities under his control. Marshall and his company LandCo are the primary developers of the three-way project involving the city and the U.S. Olympic Committee to build a downtown headquarters for the USOC, among other things. The investigation… Continue Reading DA investigating Marshall

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